Sunday, July 20, 2014

A BOOK REVIEW By NANCY SIMPSON



Untyying the Knot, A Book Review  by Nancy Simpson


Untying the Knot  (Kelsay Books, 2014) by poet Karen Paul Holmes is a first book that arrives in the hands of its reader fully accomplished with maturity not often seen in a first attempt. This is a book you will want to read cover to cover in one sitting. Be assured that is easy to do, for it is much like reading a satisfying short story with rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.  I am not trying to confuse you, it is not fiction. Make no mistake, this is poetry drenched in emotion with vivid imagery and fine tuned line breaks. In her art, the poet takes risks. She’s painfully honest. As a reader, we suck in breath and whisper, wait, wait, be careful, but the author releases all, knowing she can never take back one word.

Holmes connects quickly and fully with the reader on a sensory level, on an intellectual level and on an emotional level as she reveals step by step the breaking of the circle of life, the untying of her marriage that has lasted for over thirty years. Being left, humiliated by her husband and a friend, she uses up all her options to survive it, even tries to reconcile for the sake of the family. The most powerful poem in the book is “Telling My Mother” reprinted for you in full below.

Finally she leaves, hoping to find a new way to live. There is much of humanity in these poems. We can learn from this book, if you do not already know. If you have been divorced yourself, be prepared for a flood of old horrors to over take you and blind you. Do not imagine you can remain open minded about anything as simple as a metaphor or a caesura. You might have to read the book a second time, as I did. 

Untying the Knot is a book that deserves to be read for the sheer enjoyment of poetic accomplishment. The humor comes through, the skill of writing, and the skill of handling such topics as “She Who Will Not Be Named.” Step by step, we learn “I’m Really Not Crazy, but She Is”--and that’s when we get a glimpse of her-- named “C.” Finally she the other woman is identified as Catherine, a name destined to fall to the bottom of the Popular Girl Names List. 

It was hard to choose my favorite poem because as you will see, there are many very good ones. I choose the first one in the book, “Drawn Into Circles,” for I have known this poem since I read it in draft form and knew then it would always be a favorite. It is an excellent first poem in the book because it  sets up the Circle of Life theme. Holmes writes, “How life loves/a circle:/the sun/ cups of tea,/ pizza, roses, embraces/ wedding rings/ cathedral domes, bells/ with notes radiating like ripples from skipped stones/. The complete poem is  reprinted for you below. 

I recommend this book. Buy a copy for yourself and buy a copy for someone who needs it now.


From the Back Cover of Untying the Knot

—Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men and Facts About the Moon
These poems are poems about the pains of a broken marriage. About half the people who have ever been married would be eligible to write on the subject, but very few, if any others, could do it with such grace, humor, self-awareness, and without a dollop of self-pity, as Karen Paul Holmes has in Untying the Knot. This is a courageous deeply human book.
—Thomas Lux, author of Child Made of Sand and God Particles
In Karen Paul Holmes’s Untying the Knot, betrayal and sorrow are recontextualized into an acknowledgment of the transitory nature of relationships and the capacity to find joy through language. Indeed, in this work, one that dignifies a sadness so many feel, “a spark ignites the dry leaves” in lucid and radiant ways, creating poetry that not only enriches us, but possesses the potential to teach us ways to navigate and ultimately transcend the difficulties of divorce and the feelings of loss and grief such division engenders.
—William Wright, series editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, author of Night Field Anecdote and Bledsoe 
About the Author
Karen Paul Holmes has an MA in music history from the University of Michigan. She eventually moved south and worked her way into a career that involved her love of writing: She became Vice President-Marketing Communications at ING, a global financial services company. Karen is now a freelance writer and owner of two naughty Welsh Terriers.
Karen founded/hosts the Side Door Poets group in Atlanta and Writers’ Night Out in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 2012, she received an Elizabeth George Foundation emerging writer grant for poetry. Her publishing credits include a number of journals and anthologies, including Poetry East, Atlanta Review, Main Street Rag, Caesura, POEM, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, American Society: What Poets See (FutureCycle Press), and the Southern Poetry Anthology Vol 5: Georgia (Texas Review Press). You may contact her through her web site: www.simplycommunicated.com.

TWO POEMS BY HAREN PAUL HOLMES

Telling My Mother

She’s 85. Upsets make her heart palpitate
so we couch what we say. Or Maybe we always have.
Now that Ken has been gone six weeks
my siblings and I confer on how to tell her
that he left me.
She loves him.

I wait until my sister travels to Florida
as back-up support for Mother, then call. Hear myself
somehow keep my voice from quaking.
He wants to separate for a while...depressed
since thyroid surgery. I think
he’ll be back.

She’s sad for me but suprisingly supportive.
Motherly. Modern. Sometimes couples do well
with a break: Their marriage becomes stronger.
I didn’t know any of her friends did that
but I believe her.

She visits me in Appalachia a few months later.
As we walk by the lake, he calls my cell. Some business
item to discuss. As usual, we try to keep a light note.
He chirps, Say hi to Baba.
(The name our daughter calls her.)
I cannot say to him
You’ve broken Baba’s heart too.

I put the phone in my back pocket
take her thin hand, let her rest on a fieldstone bench.
To her questioning face, I tell a small lie
His calls don’t bother me anymore.
I do not give her his regards.

Next day, she and I are driving
the two hours back to my mountain cabin after I’d read
at an Asheville Bookstore. Before we get
to the hairpin curves, it suddenly feels right to say
He had an affair.
He lives with her now.

She’s not surprised. Maybe by 85 she’s heard it all.
My contact lenses fogging, the road is a blur, but no
Mother, angry now, controlled
He never loved you enough.
He expected you to be perfect.

Though I know the route, I get lost--
we pass thick dark pines, cliffs, the fast Nantahala,
feel lucky for this scenic detour.
At home, I sense a burden was tumbled
clean in the rapids, washed
down the river.

Drawn Into Circles

Last evening, I placed fresh towels on both dog beds
heard scratchig and rearranging in he night.
This morning, each dog lay curled
into a circle of towel
like a bird’s nest.

How life loves a circle:
the sun
cups of tea
pizza, roses, embraces
wedding rings, cathedral domes, bells
with notes radiating like ripples from skipped stones
the egg, the womb, the opening, downy heads
sucking mouths, breasts, eyes filled
with delight for bubbles
and bouncing balls.

Why do we box ourselves into corners
put our babies into rectangular cribs
build square houses and boxy buildings
drive cars to perpendicular crossroads
stare at newspapers, monitors, dollars
go to our rest in hard-edged coffins
slowly lowered into matching graves?

It’s a comfort
to imagine our rounded bones
becoming round bits of the globe
our spirits rising to orbit among spiral galaxies
joining those who completed the circle before us. 

(Please leave a comment.)

Buy your copy from  Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press
24600 Mountain Avenue, 35
Hemet, California 92544 (Book cover price  $16.00)
Buy on line from the press at $14.40
Also available at amazon.com for $14.40
or contact the author for a signed copy. (www.simplycommunicated.com.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Texas Review Press Breakthrough Poetry Prize: North Carolina.


IMPORTANT for NC Practicing poets: Calling for a NC poet's first a full-length poetry collection of poems.

WOW -  No reading fee.


Full-length poetry manuscripts are now being considered for The Texas Review Press Breakthrough Poetry Prize: North Carolina. The TRP Breakthrough Prize is designed to find and champion emerging poets in every state of the American South. This year, we seek book-length manuscripts of 50-80 pages from residents of North Carolina who have not published a full-length collection of poems.  Please include a cover letter with your submission, as well as two title pages—one with your contact information, including e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number—and the other with the title only. Include an acknowledgments page for previous publications. Paul Ruffin to judge.

There is no reading fee. The Breakthrough Poetry Prize entails publication of the winning manuscript, national distribution via the Texas A&M University Press Consortium, plus twenty-five free copies furnished to author upon publication.

All submissions must be sent as e-mail attachments to vercimber@hotmail.com in one of the following formats: MS Word 1997-2003 (.doc), MS Word 2007/2010 (.docx); Rich Text Format (.rtf); or Portable Digital Format (.pdf). Please include a short (75-100 word) bio as a separate attachment in one of the above formats. Please send your manuscripts to William Wright at vercimber@hotmail.com. Also, please put in the subject heading of the e-mail NC Breakthrough followed by your name in parentheses, e.g., NC Breakthrough (William Wright).
 Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2014 . Texas Review Press looks forward to considering your work.  
William Wright, Ph.D.
Contributing Editor, Shenandoah
Founding Editor, Town Creek Poetry

IMPORTANT NC WRITERS NETWORK WEST MESSAGE


announcement from Lucy Cole Gratton

Just a note to remind you that NetWest
will NOT have a reading at John Campbell
Folk School this month.  The Folk School’s
schedule is extremely crowded in July
and they have  not been able to fit us in
for several years. 

So this Thursday, relax and read some of
your own work.

Be ready to support Glenda Beall and
Estelle Rice in August.  That should be
worth waiting for.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

FREE WRITING WORKSHOP OFFERED, REGISTER NOW

HEADS UP to NC WRITERS NETWORK MEMBERS and Western NC mountain writers.
A golden opportunity for short story (fiction ) writers.

John C Campbell Folk School is offering a free writing  WEEK END class with only a $25.00 registration fee.


Here's the class info:
WHO'S YOUR DADDY? BUILDING CHARACTERS FROM THE CRADLE 
Date: Friday, July 11 - Sunday, July 13, 2014
Subject: Writing 
Instructor: Valerie Nieman
Share:

Writers are challenged to create deep and complex characters. We'll discuss where our characters come from, and then work on techniques for “building” them through clustering, interpreting family structures, and placing them in moral dilemmas. Writing exercises will help you discover more about your characters and understand why they do what they do. Suitable for fiction and nonfiction writers at all levels.

Best,
Ellen Schofield, Program Coordinator for NC Writers Network West


call, Register now.

Tammy Godfrey
Assistant Program Manager
John C. Campbell Folk School

Monday, July 7, 2014

WRITERS NIGHT OUT Features Lucy Cole Gratton


                            
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Karen Holmes for Info
(404) 316-8466, kpaulholmes@gmail.com

Lucy Cold Gratton

Local Writer Reading at Writers’ Night Out

Writers and readers are invited to Writers’ Night Out, a free monthly event at the Union County Community Center. On July 12, the featured reader is Lucy Cole Gratton who writes poetry and short essays of interest and misadventures about activities around her property on Lake Apalachia.  The program begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. (dinner available for purchase). The reading follows 7 p.m., and there’s also an open microphone for those who’d like to read their own writing.  
Gratton is a retired CPA living in Murphy, NC. After retirement and her move to the mountains, she served as Executive Director for the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition for several years. She continues to assist with accounting for the Coalition as well as serving many volunteer hours. Writing for herself for many years, she has only lately sought to get published with some success.  Her interests in protecting our natural environment are reflected in her writings and life here. 
Gratton is an active member and volunteer of the North Carolina Writers Network (NCNW) and has attended several poetry classes at the John Campbell Folk School, where she has also been a featured reader. She holds a BA in mathematics from Agnes Scott College and a Masters degree in Education in mathematics from the University of Florida.
Writers’ Night Out is sponsored by NCWN-West and normally takes place on the second Saturday of the month (third Saturday in October). Prose writers or poets wishing to participate in the open mic can sign up at the door to read for three minutes. The four-year-old event recently moved at the Union County Community Center, 129 Union County Recreation Rd., Blairsville, Georgia 30512, off Highway 129 near the intersection of US 76, phone (706) 439-6092.  Signs will be posted to direct attendees to either the upstairs ballroom or A-B conference room for the event. For more information, please contact Karen Holmes at (404) 316-8466 or kpaulholmes@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

POETS AND WRITERS READING POEMS AND STORIES AT JOHN C CAMPBELL FOLK SCHOOL ON JUNE 26, 2014

Brenda Kay Ledford

























NC WRITERS NETWORK WEST'S  monthly reading a John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown will be held on Thursday June 26, 2014. That is the 4th Thursday eve (not as usual.) The featured Readers are Brenda Kay Ledford and Nancy Simpson both of Hayesville, NC.  7:00 p.m. at in Keith House on the folkschool campus.

Nancy Simpson

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A New Poet Laureate for America --Charles Wright



The Library of Congress announced on Thursday, June 12, 2014 that the new American Poet Laureate is Charles Wright, 78, a retired professor from the University of Virginia. Previously he has won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, The Bollingen Prize, and  Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Charles Wright was born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee.

Friday, May 23, 2014

CALL FOR HALLOWEEN POEMS AND SHORT STORIES

CONGLAVE: A JOURNAL OF CHARACTER is open for submissions for Issue 8 - Autumn, 2014 death, candy, costumes, leaves, pumpkins, ghosts, whatever halloween means to you. Conclave is a bi-annual print journal that focuses on character-driven.

FOR GUIDELINES CLICK 

http://www.conclavejournal.com/submissions/submissions.html

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NC WRITERS NETWORK WEST 'S WRITING CONFERENCE MAY 10, 2014



NC Writers Network West's Writing Conference in  Sylva, NC on May 10th turned out to be the most fulfilling writing event of year 2014 for me. Best of all was seeing and visiting with long-time, treasured writing friends.  It was indeed restorative for me to spend time with my writing friends and to share with fellow poets some of the secrets of how we can build a readership for our poetry. It was a joy for me to share discussion time with Kathryn Stripling Byer. A family member remarked at how I came home with a spring in my step.

Kathryn Stripling Byer, NC Poet Laureate Emertia

For a long time, NCWN West has hoped to establish an annual writing conference and that goal was approved two years ago by NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. NCWN West Program Director Ellen Schofield coordinated this event with the help of Kathryn Stripling Byer and Newton Smith, Jackson County's Netwest Representatives who hosted the event held at the historic  Jackson  County Courthouse Complex and also with the help of former Program Director Glenda Beall, Gay Moring, J C Walkup, Linda M. Smith,  Joan Howard and Lana Hendershott.



Kathryn Stripling Byer, NC Poet Laureate Emertia and NC Writers Network West Program Coordinator Ellen Schofield





JC Walkup, long time  NCWN member from Haywood County, author of new novel Partners and  William Everett, author of seven books and many articles  in English and German on ethical issues in Religion and Society, who taught ethics many years in theological seminaries and graduate schools.


Poet and long time member of NCWN West Dr. Gene Hirsch and his wife Ginny, residents of Pittsburg, PA and Cherokee County North Carolina. Gene Hirsch joined Netwest only two years after it began and he established NCWN West's  first monthly critique group for both poets and writers that still continues to meet monthly 21 years later. 








It is true I did return home with a spring in my step and with deep appreciation in my heart  for all of those who worked to coordinate such a day of inspiration
for our writers. Some of the  mountain writers do sometimes feel we are far from the writing centers of our country, even far from the writing centers of our our own state.  NCWN West has worked hard to promote writing and to serve our writers for over 23 years now. 




I want to assure you, I also returned home with a deep feeling that I too was appreciated, carrying in my arms an exotic multi-blooming purple orchid, which was presented to me as ( they said as founder of NCWN West). Those who know me know that I  always say and will always say "I am a co founder." I still deeply appreciate the guidance of then NCWN Executive Director Marsha Warren who defined the best of what NCWN West would become and  Debbie McGill then NC Arts Council Literary Director in Raleigh who organized our first meetings and ultimately got us mountain writer invited to the NCWN Fall Conference in 1991 and got us connected to NCWN. I honor Kathryn Stripling Byer as a cofounder because she signed and sent the first letter to invite the mountain writers to meet in Jackson County when Debbie McGill came out to the mountains to meet with us, and thus brought us all together for that first  meeting. How could I say no to "having dinner in Sylva with Debbie McGill when I had just received the NC Artist Fellowship for Poetry from her. I admit I did not know what I was getting myself into. Some months later, Kathryn and I were the  two members there in the room at the NCWN fall Conference when Marsha Warren and then President Anthony Abbott invited us to bring the mountain writers in as a special program under the umbrella of NCWN. This is the true account of how and when NCWN West began. Kathryn Stripling Byer has served as consultant to NCWN West from the beginning and served one year as Program Coordinator when our PC Glenda Beall had to resign during her husband's illness. That was a crucial year, as some of you remember well, because it was at the very time we were bringing our our second anthology --Echoes Across the Blue Ridge. It was the sale of that  anthology that now affords NCWN West the opportunity to hold regular writing events here in the far western NC mountains.  At the time Kathryn Stripling Byer served as P.C. she gave invaluable service in getting an introduction written by Robert Morgan and also got the best blurbs from renowned authors for the back book cover. Many times through the past 23 years I confessed and still say that I will never do much of anything related to poetry without first consulting with Kathryn Stripling Byer.

My orchid is the most beautiful flower I have ever seen. I am determined to keep it alive. If you have any inside knowledge of how to care for an orchid, please let me know as soon as possible.



Back home now, more than a week later,  I am still thinking about that very special day. I want to remind the poets who attended our discussion about  "Building a Readership for Your Poetry, " that my offer still stands to reprint some of your poems on this blog. Send 3-5 already published poems ( giving credit to the place it was first published) with your photo and a brief bio.
(nance@dnet.net) This is in keeping with the idea of getting your poems out there and keeping them out there in print, the old poems as well as the newly written ones.   Also, in the future, I am working to get this site revamped. I need more readers and more comments. In return, each week, I plan to give a listing of five open markets looking for poems. 



Saturday, May 17, 2014

Clay County Poetry Contest --IT'S A TIE for FIRST PLACE


Clay County Historical and Art Council in Hayesville, North Carolina recently announced the winners of their 23 Annual adult Poetry Contest which is open each year to practicing poets who reside in Clay County, North Carolina. This year's poetry judge Nancy Simpson found it impossible to name a winner among the top two finalists. Two poets were named in a tie for first place --left to right--Linda Grayson Jones and Kimberly Chastain at an Evening of Art and Poetry held at Hayesville High School Lecture Hall on April 22, 2014.





Dr. Linda G. Jones, Associate Professor of Biology,Dean of the Division of Mathematics and Science at Young Harris College.



She joined the faculty of Young Harris College in 2009 and teaches human anatomy and physiology, animal physiology, comparative anatomy, developmental biology and various seminar courses. She earned her B.S. in biology from Stetson University, and both her M.A. in biology and Ph.D. in pathology from Vanderbilt University. She completed her postdoctoral studies in pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego.
She won First Place for her poem "The Bloody Pond Shiloh April 6-7, 1862"


Kimberly Chastain writes almost exclusively of her home in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. She teaches English at Hayesville Middle School. She won First Place for her poem, "High Fields."

Second Place went to Rana Williams ( not pictured) for her poem 
"To Mother Nature."

Third Place went to Dorothy James (not pictured) for her poem 
"The Church on the Deck.



Alice Andrews received Honorable Mention for her poem "I Don't Remember."
Poetry Contest Judge Nancy Simpson was present at the award ceremony, and she read a  selection of her mountain poems from her most recent book, LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE New and Selected Poems published at Carolina Wren Press in Durham,NC.

http://carolinawrenpress.org/books-and-merchandise/poetry/living-above-the-frost-line

HAYESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL POETRY CONTEST WINNERS APRIL 2014

The Clay County Historical and Arts Council in Hayesville, Clay County, North Carolina, honored young poets on April 22 at an evening of art and poetry. The event was held at the Hayesville High School Lecture Hall and the auditorium was filled with an appreciative audience. Contests Winners read their winning poems which were judged by Poet Nancy Simpson. They received their awards and a reception was held in their honor.

 Left to right: 2nd Place Winner Junior Misty Morin, First Place Winner Senior Alexis Chastain and  3rd Place winner Honors English Freshman Seth Hatherly. You can read their winning poems below.

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Alexis Chastain won first place for her poem "Amnesia."

Amnesia

Small talk of Politics, Weather, and Sports drive the tiresome conversations.
Sometimes, I believe my friends are just imaginary,
a mirage designed by intense loneliness;
a hallucination of fairy-tail proportions.

Friends seem to come and go more than summer storms.
For a moment they are your whole world until they
let you down and you just keep falling further and further
until you hit rock bottom.

For a while you sit there in the bottom of a dark hole
looking upwards, trying to remember what the sky looked like
and how the birds used to sing.
And while you are in this black gloomy abyss you begin to forget.
You try to forget the deception and the betrayal of Judas-like friends.
You try to recover from the psychological wounds inflicted by back-stabbers.

Then one day you wake up and you see the sky.
Oh the blissful ignorance of amnesia.
Maybe, just maybe, one day, I will forget the black hole entirely
because of the light, the light of a new day, of new friends and loved ones.
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Misty Morin

WE THE PEOPLE

Our generation has already been labeled
   as selfish, incompetent, and greedy
      before we even had a chance
         to mend what is broken.

They expect so much
   but give us so little;
      textbooks and exams
         have never been teachers.

We can solve an equation
   and find an error in a piece of literature,
          but can we recognize the faults
             in those who have raised us?  

The truth is that we care too much
   but we have been taught to hide our fears
      with a mask of apathy
         or pretend that we do not see.

Our generation has already been labeled
   as the hope for the future
      before the mudslingers have even dared
         to lift a finger to fix it themselves.

~~~


Seth Hatherly

Bullying

Everywhere I look, all people do it fight.
Most of the time, it's behind a computer screen's light.
Bullies attack people every day at school.
And they use school media as a tool.
They target the kindest soul,
And pick on them until they've taken their toll.
Sometimes it's more than a simple punch;
Taking words is just too much.
The victim thinks it's pointless now,
And he leaves the stage without taking a bow.
Things like this happen on a constant basis.
The victims try not to let it show on their faces.
Some victims are so scared, all they do is sit in the dark
Thinking change will never get a spark.


We say that bullying needs to end,
But never actually give a hand to extend
To the victims of this crime
Because we're busy on our own time.
Commercials and ads aren't enough. 
They do not make this problem any less tough.
I hope one day Bullying will end,
And being kind is a new daily trend.
Let's work together to get rid of this situation
To be one step closer to a perfect nation.

~~~

Mrs. Carla Beck, Honors English Teacher was recognized by
the Clay County Historical and Arts Council for encouraging
her students and for her active support of the annual poetry contest
at Hayesville High School. She had the most students who
entered poems in the poetry contest.























Mrs. Carla Beck and poetry judge Nancy Simpson Brantley
shared a moment of reunion as student and teacher with 
Ms. Simpson Brantley years ago being Carla Beck's home room 
teacher the year she first entered Hayesville Schools.



Monday, April 14, 2014


Hello Fellow Writers, Every year in April, I try hard to find a way to celebrate National Poetry Month. For sure, there are some big celebrations going on here and there across the state, even around the nation, and you are lucky indeed if you are included. It is far more low key here in the mountains, but once again I have found a way to personally celebrate. When Kathryn Stripling Byer had to withdraw because of family issues as the judge of the Clay County Poetry Contest, I tried to find another judge to take her place. Finally I gave up and saw it as my opportunity to celebrate poetry. This is an annual event sponsored by the Clay County Historical and Arts Council which I co founded with fellow art teacher Reba Beck 23 years ago. I remember we were both on the Arts Council Board of Directors at the time and they wanted us to do art and poetry contests in the Hayesville schools. We talked about it and decided if the council would make it an annual event, we would coordinate the contests. 

I am covered up with poems from the middle school, high school and adult categories, and I have never felt more involved in National Poetry Month than I do at this moment. Still, I am finding it tough to choose the winners from among so many fine poems written right here in Hayesville, NC.

ANNUAL EVENING OF ART AND POETRY

On the evening of April 22th, Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., you are invited to come celebrate with me at the Hayesville High School Lecture Hall. First there will be an art exhibit and a reception for the winners. I will be reading my poems and  poets will read their winning poems. The program never lasts more than one hour. The auditorium will be packed with parents, grand parents and kinfolks by the dozen. It is free and open to the public. If you have not found a way to celebrate National Poetry Month in Hayesville, please come and join us. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Anne Barnhill's new Novel at City Lights


This Week at City Lights Bookstore


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 Anne Clinard Barnhill's Novel of Elizabethan Intrigue

Saturday, April 12th at 3 p.m.
   
Anne Clinard Barnhill will return to City Lights Bookstore to read from her newest historical novel on Saturday, April 12th at 3 p.m.  Queen Elizabeth's Daughter is the  gripping tale of Mary Shelton, Elizabeth I's young cousin and ward.  When Mary falls in love with a man not of Elizabeth's choosing, her place of privilege is suddenly very much in question.  The young couple could be risking death by defying the wishes of a wrathful queen.  Anne has been writing or dreaming of writing for most of her life. For the past twenty years, she has published articles, book and theater reviews, poetry, and short stories.  She lives with her husband of 30 years in North Carolina.  To reserve copies of her books please click here.  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WRITERS, COME TO THE MOUNTAINS FOR WRITING CONFERENCE

Hello Fellow Writers, Come to the heart of Appalachia and spend the day with writers talking all day about writing. North Carolina Writers Network West's  all day writing conference is set for May 10, 2014 in Sylva, NC. Info below.

List of Workshops and Class Discussions: click  for information.

http://netwestwriters.blogspot.com/2014/04/netwest-writers-conference-course.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2Ftobd+%28Netwest+Mountain+Writers+and+Poets%29

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Celebrate National Poetry Month- Coffee with the Poets


Posted: 31 Mar 2014 11:27 AM PDT
Coffee with the Poets and Writers, a monthly literary event held at Blue Mountain Coffee and Grill, 30 North Carolina 141, Murphy, NC, will celebrate poetry month Wednesday, April, 9, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Featured will be poet, Brenda Kay Ledford, from Hayesville, NC.  She is a seventh-generational native of Clay County, NC, and holds a Master of Arts in Education from Western Carolina